‘Hobbit’ star Nesbitt’s treasure pile rises €339k

James Nesbitt’s starring role in The Hobbit series contributed to profits at his entertainment firm rising by over €339,000.

James Nesbitt: Starred as 'Bofur' in the 'Hobbit' films. Picture: PA

The Derry man is best known for his award-winning role in the television dramas Bloody Sunday and Cold Feet, and has now gained worldwide recognition for his role in The Hobbit series of films.

The second of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, was released worldwide last month and has generated over $750m (€552m) in box-office receipts.

Accounts lodged with the UK-based Companies House by Nesbitt’s Brown Cow Films Ltd show that accumulated profits at the firm rose by £280,000 (€338,373) from £1.9m to £2.18m in the 12 months to the end of Mar 31.

The figures show the firm’s cash pile fell substantially from €459,507 to €50,537, with debtors also down, from €1.69m to €876,028.

This is explained by the firm transferring €1.35m into unspecified investments last year.

The 2013 performance follows a strong performance by the firm in 2012 when profits increased by over €500,000.

Nesbitt, 48, initially had ambitions of being a teacher, but dropped out of his college course to pursue a career in acting.

A native of Ballymena, Co Antrim, who grew up in Coleraine, Co Derry, Nesbitt recently starred as Bofur in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series.

In a recent interview on his role as one of 13 dwarves in the trilogy, Nesbitt said: “It was actually hugely rewarding, understanding that even without huge individual speeches or scenes, you were contributing to a rich tapestry.

“But they managed to give 13 dwarfs, 13 different personalities, that all work well together and have individual stories. You sometimes feel like you’re a small cog in a very big machine, but I’m very glad I did it.”

Nesbitt confirmed that he is returning to New Zealand in around May for the filming of the third Hobbit movie.

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